FLIBS 2018: Horizon launches ‘try before you buy' program with new power cat

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The PC65 is available with an open or enclosed flybridge.

The PC65 is available with an open or enclosed flybridge.

Horizon Power Catamarans is offering a “try before you buy” program with its PC65, which was unveiled at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Prospective buyers pay 1 percent of the purchase price to use the boat for a week.

Richard Ford (left) and Stuart Hegerstrom present the boat.

Richard Ford (left) and Stuart Hegerstrom present the boat.

“We offer someone the chance to charter the boat for a week and then purchase it,” said Richard Ford, co-owner of The Powercat Company, during a presentation at the show. “We have a try-before-you-buy program because we’re so confident in the product.”

Prospective customers can charter the 65-foot power cat for a week, then deduct the $35,000 cost of the charter from the purchase price, which is just under $4 million for the open model. The enclosed flybridge model adds about $150,000.

Ford and The Powercat Company co-founder Stuart Hegerstrom own the molds and tooling for the boats and give exclusive distribution rights to Horizon. The Powercat Company also offers full management services for boats in the Horizon Power Catamarans group. “If you buy a yacht of this caliber, you’d keep it in Fort Lauderdale and have a crew on the boat,” Ford said. “We offer the owner a hassle-free ownership, and to displace the expense of ownership, we will charter it with a luxury crew.”

The owner of PC65 hull No. 1 chose not to charter the boat, but the second hull is expected to be launched Dec. 15 and will go into charter.

The Taiwanese-built PC65 is powered by twin 850-hp Caterpillar C12-9 diesels, and cruising speed is about 21 knots, with a top end of 26 knots. Estimated range at cruising speed is 500 miles. The 65-footer has a 24-foot, 6-inch beam and draws 5 feet, 3 inches. Light displacement is 111,250 pounds. Fuel capacity is 1,500 gallons, and she carries 300 gallons of water.

Hegerstrom said the tariffs that are affecting some builders that import have not been a factor because the boats are built in Taiwan. The bottoms are designed by Angelo Lavronas of Lavronas Marine Design, and the boat has a solid fiberglass laminate in the running surfaces. The entire boat is built using the SCRIMP infusion process.

The boat has a master stateroom on the same level as the galley, with a VIP cabin forward and guest quarters in the sponsons.

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